Monday, 22 January, 2018

Even Jeff Sessions' home state of Alabama supports legal weed

01_05_JeffSessions Record-High Support for Legalizing Marijuana Use in U.S. - Gallup News
Sammy Stanley | 12 January, 2018, 17:09

Marijuana proponents are condemning Sessions' decision, saying it's a throwback to outdated drug-war policies that unfairly affected minorities, the Associated Press reported.

"We should believe an uproar of public sentiment can change policy", Inslee said. And it's hard to ignore the fact that Mr. Sessions' action would punish larger, bluer states like California, where recreational marijuana became legal last week, and MA, where it's set to be legally available in July.

Rep. Seth Moulton, who represents the state's 6th Congressional District, also said that Sessions' announcement shows how out-of-step the Trump Administration is with the public.

Even President Trump "promised" to keep marijuana legalization a state issue during his campaign. Looking ahead, who knows what the position of the next attorney general or administration will be.

The top prosecutor in MA issued a memo Monday saying he could not guarantee his office wouldn't get involved in the Bay State's marijuana trade.

"My concern is that there is a lack of transparency when it comes to priorities at the Department of Justice, how those will be carried out, and that we now have...50-plus USA attorneys...who are going to be making decisions that may be at odds with other states", Gardner told Denver7 Wednesday. Washington, a state with a severely regressive taxation system, levies a 37 percent excise tax on legal marijuana sales. It's taking away the rights of states to have a say in regulation, which apparently has angered conservatives and liberals.

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After a Wednesday morning meeting with US Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Sen.

Sessions has rescinded an Obama-era policy that paved the way for legalized marijuana to flourish in states across the country, creating new confusion about enforcement and use just three days after recreational marijuana became legal in California. "I think that the statement of the Attorney General is that it is still illegal at the federal level and I support that", he said. The general idea was to give users and producers who followed the laws in their states a bit of assurance that federal agents wouldn't be knocking on their doors.

According to the numbers, 60.2% of respondents in Alabama support cannabis legalization, for medical and/or recreational use.

Land said, "I believe that everybody should have access to safe medicine".

In a second statement on Monday, Lelling noted "this is a straightforward rule of law issue" and that Congress has "unambiguously made it a federal crime to cultivate, distribute and/or possess marijuana".

Sessions' move shouldn't have an impact on the state's new program in the short term because an amendment in the federal budget bars the Department of Justice from spending any money to go after state's medical marijuana program. She said she hopes Sessions' move leads Congress to permanently offer the medical marijuana community protection, rather than renewing it every year.

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